This Day in History – April 28

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Although history might be characterized as dull and extremely boring, to our shock, no other subject/discipline of study is as astounding as history is. Let’s look at some astonishing facts which occurred on this day- April 28, which would undoubtedly surprise all of us!

What Happened in India on April 28?

1936: Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi began his stay in Wardha’s Sevagram on April 28, 1936.

1977: On April 28, 1977, the Janata Party was formed.

1957: National Film Awards
4th National Film Awards of India was held and “Kabuliwala” won the Golden Lotus.

1959: National Film Awards
6th National Film Awards of India was held and “Sagar Sangamey” won the Golden Lotus.

2018: Indian Government Announcement
The Indian government declared that electricity will now be available in every village in the country.

What Happened Around the World on April 28? 

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1192: Assassination of Conrad of Montferrat (Conrad I)
Conrad of Montferrat (Conrad I), King of Jerusalem, is assassinated in Tyre two days after his throne was confirmed by election. Hashshashin is the one who kills.

1253: Nichiren Buddhism
Nichiren, a Japanese Buddhist monk, was the first to proclaim Nam Myoho Renge Kyo as the core of Buddhism, effectively establishing Nichiren Buddhism.

1376: “Good Parliament”
The English “Good Parliament” met in London for the first time, and it was the longest-serving English parliament.

1770: James Cook
The Endeavour, captained by British Captain James Cook, arrives in Botany Bay, Australia.

1788: United States Constitution
On April 28, 1788, Maryland became the seventh state to ratify the United States Constitution.

1789: Mutiny on the Bounty
In the South Pacific, Fletcher Christian led a mutiny against the captain of the HMS Bounty, William Bligh on April 28, 1789.

1910: Year Zero
The one billionth minute since the start of January 1 Year Zero occurred at 10:40 AM on this date, according to the ISO 8601 standard Year Zero concept for the Gregorian calendar followed by the Julian calendar.

1910: First night flight in England
Claude Grahame-White made the first night flight in England on April 28, 1910.

1937: Pan Am
Pan Am flew the first commercial flight across the Pacific.

1939: German-Polish non-attack treaty
Adolf Hitler said that the German-Polish non-attack treaty was still in force.

1944: Joseph Stalin met Stanislaus Orlemanski
In Moscow, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin met with Polish-American priest Stanislaus Orlemanski to discuss religion and Poland’s postwar future.

1947: “Kon-Tiki”
From Peru to Polynesia, Thor Heyerdahl and the crew of the “Kon-Tiki” sailed on April 28, 1947.

1951: Mohammad Mosaddegh
Mohammad Mosaddegh was chosen as Iran’s Prime Minister by the Iranian Parliament (Majlis).

1967: Muhammad Ali stripped of his boxing title
Muhammad Ali was stripped of his boxing title after refusing to join the army.

1967: Douglas decided to merge with McDonnell
The Douglas Aircraft Company decided to combine with the McDonnell Aircraft Corporation to form McDonnell Douglas. The Douglas Aircraft Company was behind schedule with deliveries of the DC-8 and DC-9 and was on the verge of bankruptcy.

1977: Red Army Faction
After a nearly two-year trial in Stuttgart, Germany, Andreas Baader and members of the militant organisation the Red Army Faction were sentenced to life in prison on April 28, 1977.

1986: Vremya announced a nuclear accident
Two days after the explosion, the Soviet TV news program Vremya announced a nuclear accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

1994: Aldrich Ames and his wife Rosario were found guilty
Former CIA officer Aldrich Ames and his wife Rosario were found guilty of spying for the Soviet Union and Russia.

1996: Australia’s worst massacre in modern history
Martin Bryant shot and killed 35 people in Port Arthur, Tasmania, in Australia’s worst massacre in modern history. Which resulted in a mandatory gun buyback initiative and significant reforms to gun control legislation.

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2003: Andre Agassi recaptured the world no. 1 ranking
Andre Agassi reclaimed the world number one ranking, making him the oldest male top-ranked player in ATP history (33 years, 13 days) on April 28, 2003.

2004: Shrek the sheep from Tarras
After 6 years of avoiding it, Shrek the sheep from Tarras, Central Otago, New Zealand, was finally shown live on TV; the fleece weighed 27 kg (60 lb).

2007: Cricket World Cup
On 28 April, 2007, Australia won the World Cup for the third time in a row, defeating Sri Lanka by 53 runs; Glenn McGrath was named Player of the Series.

2014: Craig Ferguson
Craig Ferguson announced his departure from “The Late Late Show” at the end of the year.

2017: Goop and Condé Nast
Gwyneth Paltrow’s brand Goop and Condé Nast announced the launch of a joint quarterly magazine.

2018: World’s largest child sacrifice
140 children were sacrificed in the world’s largest child sacrifice, which was discovered by archaeologists near Trujillo, Peru, and dates back 550 years to the Chim civilisation.

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2019: “Game of Thrones: The Long Night”
The episode of the TV series “Game of Thrones: The Long Night” premiered with the longest battle ever screened (nearly 80 minutes), surpassing the Battle of Helm’s Deep from “The Lord of the Rings” (44 mins).

2019: “Avengers: Endgame”
According to Disney, the Marvel film “Avengers: Endgame” grossed an estimated $1.2 billion worldwide, making it the first film to do so on April 28, 2019.

2020: COVID-19 (US)
COVID-19 confirmed cases in the United States exceeded one million, with a death toll of 58,365, surpassing the number of US soldiers killed in the Vietnam War (Johns Hopkins).

2020: COVID-19 (Russia)
With 93,000 cases and 867 deaths, President Vladimir Putin warned that Russia had not yet hit the height of COVID-19 infections.

Famous Birthdays on April 28

1908: Oskar Schindler
Oskar Schindler was a German industrialist and Nazi Party member who is credited with employing 1,200 Jews in his enamelware and ammunition factories in occupied Poland and the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia during the Holocaust.

1937: Saddam Hussein 
Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti was an Iraqi politician who was the country’s fifth president from July 16, 1979, to April 9, 2003.

1974: Penélope Cruz
Penélope Cruz Sánchez is a model and actress from Spain. She was signed by an agent at the age of 15 and began acting at the age of 16.

1979: Sharman Joshi
Sharman Joshi is an Indian actor who has appeared in films and on stage. Sharman has acted in, written, and directed stage plays in English, Hindi, Marathi, and Gujarati, but his work in Bollywood is what he is best known for. In Godmother, he made his acting debut.

1981: Jessica Alba
Jessica Marie Alba is an American actress and businesswoman.

This was all about the interesting and intriguing events that occurred on April 28! We hope you have had fun reading this blog! For more such entertaining and informative content, keep following us on Leverage Edu. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn

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